The economy

UK economy shows strongest growth since 2010

The UK economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2013, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), prompting Chancellor George Osborne to say the country is 'on the path to prosperity.'

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Growth in online retail searches

The volume of searches for online goods increased by 12 per cent in the third quarter of 2013 when compared like-for-like with Q3 2012, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Google.

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UK unemployment continues to fall

The number of unemployed people in the UK fell by 18,000 from June to August, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

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Northern Ireland trading activity hits six-year high

Northern Ireland's economic recovery is gathering pace, with businesses recording the fastest rate of activity and expansion in six years during September, the Ulster Bank Northern Ireland Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) has shown.

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Autumn Statement confirmed for 4 December

This year's Autumn Statement will be held on Wednesday 4 December, Chancellor George Osborne has confirmed on his Twitter account.

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Financial services sector optimism grows

Business optimism in the financial services sector reached its highest level for almost 17 years in the three months to September, a survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found.

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Fall in Northern Ireland unemployment welcomed

The unemployment rate in Northern Ireland was 6.9 per cent in the three months to July, falling below that of the UK, figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA) have shown.

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UK unemployment falls

Unemployment in the UK fell to 7.7 per cent of the population in the three months to July, a fall of 0.1 per cent from the previous quarter, official data has shown.

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Economic recovery in Scotland gains pace

Scotland's economic recovery is 'quickening' with record growth in business activity and new work in August, according to figures from the Bank of Scotland.

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NI Government puts access to finance under spotlight

Northern Ireland's Finance Minister, Simon Hamilton, is beginning a series of talks with ministers and senior bank executives to address the economic challenges facing Northern Ireland.

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